If every dark cloud has a silver lining, then perhaps every silver cloud has a dark lining — and one drawback of welcoming Paul Ryan into veepdom is that conservatives would lose him in Congress, which, despite its low reputation, still remains kinda important as a branch of government. We need really good people there, too.
Or would conservatives actually lose Ryan at all? Here’s a (gently edited) message from my occasional e-mail correspondent Seth Barrett Tillman:
It has been reported that Ryan will appear on the ballot for both the VP spot and his current House seat.
You may remember that I argued circa 2008 that the Incompatibility Clause (U.S. Const. art. 1 s. 6 cl. 2) prevents a member of Congress only from holding an appointed or statutory office, not from holding an elected federal position (President or VP). In short, I argued that Senator Obama could — should he win the 2008 presidential race — keep his Senate seat.
The same principles would apply to Ryan – in theory, he could sit in the House and be VP.
Seth Barrett Tillman & Steven G. Calabresi, Debate, The Great Divorce: The Current Understanding of Separation of Powers and the Original Meaning of the Incompatibility Clause
Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash, Response, Why the Incompatibility Clause Applies tothe Office of President
Constitutional or not, this idea strikes me as politically tone-deaf — but smarter people may disagree.